Theatre, cinema and music

Why not catch a show or enjoy some live local music during your visit?

There are some great theatres, cinemas and live music venues in Derbyshire and the Peak District, where you can enjoy everything from local musicians to world-class productions.

One of the most famous, architecturally delightful and enchanting theatres in the Peak District is the Buxton Opera House, in the beautiful historic spa town of Buxton. One of the busiest and most exciting times to visit is during the annual Buxton International Festival of opera, music and books each July. The festival is complimented by one of the UK’s largest festival fringe with events happening all over town.

Chesterfield is also blessed with not one, but two theatres and venue spaces - the Winding Wheel and Pomegranate Theatre. Both venues run busy programmes throughout the year.

For a movie night with a difference, there are a number of historic independent cinemas in the Peak District and Derbyshire, such as the Ritz Cinema in Belper and the Northern Light Cinema in Wirksworth. Live music can be found in abundance too, from the pubs of Glossop in the far north of the area to top perfomers in the city of Derby.

Operas, musicals, plays, music, stand-up comedy, children’s shows and pantomimes. You can find all kinds of performances and shows here in the Peak District and Derbyshire.

Theatres, Cinemas and Music venues


Peak Cavern: 'The Devil's Arse'

Peak Cavern is a spectacular natural cavern containing historic rope works which hosts regular cinema screening and events


Pomegranate Theatre

The Pomegranate Theatre is currently closed for renovation.


Pavilion Arts Centre

A wonderful Grade 2 Listed Building with 23 acres of beautiful Victorian landscaped gardens, in the centre of Buxton


Derby LIVE

Derby LIVE present LIVE performances, events and festivals at the Guildhall Theare, Derby Arena and outdoor spaces across the city.

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Derby Feste

Festé returns with spectacular outdoor circus and dance, dazzling acrobatics, and the return of its iconic procession, across Derby City locations…


The Nutcracker

Crown Ballet returns this year to the UK to enchant you with the delightful production of The Nutcracker.

Next event:7:30pm, 28th September 2023


Take That Tribute Night

Experience the magic of Take That! Our tribute night hub provides booking details for an unforgettable evening. Reserve your spot now.

Next event:7:00pm, 29th September 2023


Ruby Wax - I'm Not as Well as I Thought I Was, at…

After four years, Ruby returns to the stage following her sell out tour, How To Be Human.

Next event:7:30pm, 30th September 2023


Derby Folk Weekend

Welcome to the 17th edition of Derby Folk Festival – albeit in a slightly different format ! 29 Sep-1st Oct

Next event:12:00am, 29th September 2023

There are 3 other occurrences of this event.


Leek Blues & Americana Festival

Music Festival in Leek 27 Sep-1st Oct

Next event:12:00am, 27th September 2023

There are 5 other occurrences of this event.


Fairport Convention at The Foxlowe Arts Centre,

Folk Music - 56th Touring Year

Next event:7:30pm, 12th October 2023


Rich Hall - Shot from Cannons at The Winding…

Fresh on the heels of his critically acclaimed memoirs, Nailing It, Rich returns with a new show.

Next event:8:00pm, 16th October 2023

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